Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrives in China

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Beijing, Jan 13: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived here today for a three-day high profile visit during which he would hold talks with top Chinese leadership on a host of issues, including the vexed border dispute and possibilities of further consolidation of Indo-China relations in various sectors.

Dr Singh, accompanied by his wife Gursharan Kaur and a high level delegation, was accorded a red carpet welcome at the airport. Chinese vice-foreign minister Dai Binggao, special representative of the two countries, along with senior functionaries were also present at the airport to recieve Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

India's Ambassador to China Ms Nirupama Rao and other senior bureaucrats posted in China were also there to receive the Prime Minister and his delegation.

His three-day itinerary is packed with both official meetings and interactions with the business community and other dignitaries.

Dr Singh would meet Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Chinese counterpart Wen Jiabao.

On the opening day of tour Dr Manmohan Singh will go to Beijing 2008 (Olympics) project exihibition centre.

Later on he will meet Indian Businessmen, the day ahead of the Indo-China economic, state and investment cooperation summit tomorrow.

Tonight he will have dinner with Chinese premier Wen Jiabao.

Attaching importance to his visit Dr Manmohan Singh, before leaving for China said, ''I look forward to my discussions with the Chinese leadership on the entire gamut of our relationship. We are engaged in the process of giving substantive content to our partnership through comprehensive economic engagement and developing mutually beneficial cooperation in the areas of science and technology, culture, education, defence and security, and increasing people-to-people contacts.

''Issues relating to the boundary and cooperation with regard to trans-boundary rivers will be discussed. I will be discussing how we can work more closely with China on regional, multilateral and global issues,'' the Prime Minister, who would return on January 15, said.


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